Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Despise You - _And On and On..._
(Relapse Records, 2011)
by: Aaron McKay (8 out of 10)
Gin and tonic, concrete reinforced steel and now Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Despise You -- some things were absolutely meant to go together. If there is such a thing as a tempest in a teacup, ANb and Despise You might be referred to as a collision causing typhoon in a thimble; more powerfully devastating in a much more confined area.

Despise You, the famous Inglewood, CA crusty megalomaniacal violence brokers, have first crack at the storminess unleashed on _And On and On..._. Eighteen tracks of edgy, aggressively balanced disharmonic grind result. Fast, pummeling bass on "Repeat Until You Fail" ever so brutally give way to straight up punk rebellion on "Roll Call", which uneasily translates into the twenty-two second buzz assault on "3.26.00", whereby torrentially spilling over into the bottom-end drum beating of "Three Day Hold". The defiant twenty-seven second tirade "Yes Officer / No Officer" swallows any respectable segue blasting directly onto a canvas that would make Suicidal Tendencies proud, yet Despise You calls their track "Fear's Song". _And On and On..._, in a manner of speaking capitalizing on the title of the album (of course), summarizes Despise You's sum total eighteen song killer melee.

Fated to ever to sail on uncalm seas, the turbulent and tumultuous Agoraphobic Nosebleed takes over from here on this split release. Like a psychotically possessed herd of bulls rampaging in Pamplona, Springfield, Mass's own ANb stir the whirlpool counterclockwise with their particular brand of crusty power-grind like so much molten lead poured into fire hot ingots. Straight out of the gate is their first, and significantly longer four and a half minute cut on _AOaO..._, "Half Dead". The prolifically unorthodox ANb unleash some of their best material since _Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope_ on this split release. Beware: acute anxiety disorders patients will, no doubt, have symptoms exacerbated expediently -- and probably not by accident either.

The contagiously riff-y, showcased magnificently, solos and all, by the highly proficient Scott Hull on "Possession" are inescapable. Finishing up ANb's seven contributions with the sullen, weighty and heavy-ended "Burlap Sack" makes the infectiously unstable _And On and On..._ a fanatic's fantasy. At just shy of thirty-three minutes, this impulsively volatile Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Despise You spit release is unquestionably a half hour you owe to yourself to experience.


(article published 26/6/2011)

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